News and workshops
- 2014/15 Wednesday Workshops
- Map for Wednesday workshops
- QTS numeracy skills test
- Printable worksheets
- Maths lessons on video
- Maths leaflets
- Interactive help with . . . algebra
- Help with . . . the chain rule
- Help with . . . fractions
- Help with . . . partial differentiation
- Help with . . . psychometric tests
- Help with . . . statistics and probability
- How to solve it
- In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg
- History of Mathematics with Marcus du Sautoy
- The Royal Society: events diary
We run workshops on Wednesday afternoons from 2 to 3pm. Here is the programme for the Wednesday workshops Spring Term 2014-15
1. The following book is recommended:
PASSING THE NUMERACY SKILLS TEST
by MARK PATMORE
(Fifth Edition, 2012)
(Earlier editions do not have practice tests, and are therefore not as useful.)
2. Drop-in maths support is available at the Maths Support Centre, which is on the 1st floor of the main library, Whiteknights; see elsewhere on this website for opening times.
3. Click here for "Teachers Talk: The online Teaching Community", with links to practice tests for the QTS Numeracy test.
4. These worksheets contain typical QTS test questions:
Practice Questions 1 QTS Numeracy skills test
Practice Questions for QTS mental arithmetic ... percentages (1)
Practice Questions for QTS mental arithmetic ... percentages (2)
Practice Questions for QTS Numeracy skills test ... miscellaneous (1)
QTS Fractions and Decimals
QTS Fractions, Decimals and Percentages
QTS Distance and speed etc (1)
QTS Converting litres and gallons
5. For official information about the numeracy skills test (and other related information) provided by the Department for Education, visit www.education.gov.uk/schools/careers/traininganddevelopment/professional and follow the link to 'Numeracy skills tests'.
6. Some useful practice tests can be found on this website: www.passtheqtsskillstests.co.uk
7. Access to some on-line practice papers can be purchased (from a company called 'Numeracy Ready Ltd'). They charge £19.99 for 3 months' access.
Visit www.numeracyready.co.uk for further details.
NOTE: This advertisement appears here at the request of Numeracy Ready Ltd.
For a very large selection of worksheets, please visit the Maths Support Centre's Blackboard site.
(Drop in to see us, or send an email, if you are not already enrolled on our Blackboard site.)
For a wide range of short videos, visit www.mathtutor.ac.uk
For more videos, visit www.khanacademy.org and choose the subject you want.
For a wide range of printable leaflets, visit www.mathcentre.ac.uk and select the topic you want.
To practice solving linear equations, visit http://www.waldomaths.com/Equation2NL.jsp
For help with understanding partial differentiation, there is a good
explanation in the textbook 'Foundation Maths', by Anthony Croft and Robert Davison. There are many copies of this book in the main library, Whiteknights; you'll find them on the second floor, with shelf-mark 510-CRO.
There is also a very good explanation of partial differentiation in this text book:
Maths for Economics (third edition)
by Geoff Renshaw
(see e.g. sections 14.5 and 14.6, on pages 401 to 410, with practice questions, and answers, also)
There are many copies of this book in the University library, shelf-mark: 330.182 REN
Help with . . . psychometric tests
Applicants to many companies are now required to take numerical psychometric tests. We hold workshops which give you practice in answering typical test questions (please bring a calculator).
No need to book - just turn up
The dates of Psychometric Test workshops to be held in 2014/15 can be found here
For practice test papers, visit the Maths Support Centre on the 1st floor of the main Whiteknights library.
For further practice questions, see Practice Psychometric Tests, by Andrea Shavick (2005 and later reprints). There are several copies in the University library, shelf mark 658.311 SHA (on the second floor).
For more test papers, visit this list of Numerical Psychometric tests
Help with . . . Statistics and Probability
1) For help with statistics and probability questions, please come to the Maths Support Centre desk, where we can advise you on the best way to get the help you need. Alternatively, send an email to email@example.com, describing the topic/s you need help with.
Depending on what the topic is that you need help with, we will either:
- help you straight away; or
- offer you an appointment to see our specialist statistics tutor: appointments are available on Wednesdays during term time from 2 to 4pm.
2) For on-line help with a wide selection of statistics topics, visit statstutor
3) For statistics books in the University library, visit this Statistics booklist
4) For help with SPSS or MINITAB, both short courses and online tutorials are available (as well as support classes that are organised by individual lecturers for some modules), as follows:
For SPSS and MINITAB short courses, visit the IT services timetable by topic page .
For online tutorials, google "online SPSS tutorial video"
5) If you need help with statistics or analysing data relating to a postgraduate degree (PhD, MSc, MA etc) please consult the Statistics Advisory Service at www.reading.ac.uk/Stats-Advisory
6) For a very large collection of video tutorials on probability and statistical topics, visit www.khanacademy.org and scroll down to the sections on 'Probability' and 'Statistics'.
These topics are included:
Laws of probability
Permutations and combinations
Probability density functions
Standard deviation and variance
'How to solve it'
The famous book 'How to solve it' by George Polya (1887-1985) contains many useful hints and tips for solving mathematical problems. First published in 1945, the book has been reprinted many times since, and is currently available as a Penguin paperback. It can be found in the University library, shelfmark 510.76-POL.